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Old 25th April 2021, 20:06   #31
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Having been a Polo owner for the last 9 years, I for one, would make a beeline to the VW Dealership to get this in my garage.

Yes, the design hasn't been updated since donkey's years (Indian market) and yes there are cars with features that would automatically disqualify the Polo from their consideration lists. Yes, the rear space is atrocious and the spares are relatively higher priced but having said and lived with these, I still would put 14-15 lacs on this New Polo. Why you ask? Well, ask any VW owner here and it'll probably be the same answer:

- Still feels as tight as the day it came off the showroom floor.
- No rattles, no squeaks, no paint dulling, no part failure etc.
- VW is the benchmark for solid built cars in the segment
- Most importantly- Driving pleasure (anyone who's not experienced a VW car on highways/curvy roads would not get this - the chassis, stability, driver's control etc. is superb)

I'm from a customer bracket who would purchase a car to keep it as long as possible (> 12-15 years) and if a car can still feel new in that duration with normal upkeep then that's what I'll be attracted to.

"All that is okay but it's a hatch and Indian roads are.....". Yes, it can't do off-road and if you live in a place where the potholes are the size of a mountain then you're better off with a suv/csuv. But in those 9 years I've lived with the car, I've driven along the length of the country twice and the width once. I would any day have a car with the dynamics and build of a polo than a higher riding one for the 10 per cent chance of going through a bad section. Knowing how to take the car on bad roads helps. I often get disappointed while driving newer cars with more powerful engines as there would inevitably be a section of the road (for the better part of the drive) where I would feel "Polo hoti toh sahi hota". I think all VW owners would have felt this at one point.

No, I don't baby the car and in fact it was flooded once while parked, hit by a state transport bus, a desire and a rickshaw at different occasions. Came back after the repairs just like it was. Yes, I do have tight maintenance schedule and look after the interiors and exteriors myself but I would do that for any car. Its just that Polos can put a smile on an enthusiast's face for a lot more years than other cars in it's segment and for that alone the New Polo should be a top contender not just for previous polo owners but for looking for more smiles per hour per year.
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Old 26th April 2021, 00:31   #32
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Default Re: 2021 Volkswagen Polo teased; global unveil on April 22

I love the Polo. Ever since I saw my 1st one I have loved it.
I have seen a few mark2 polos in the UK but my 1st was the mark 3 that my room mate had. Forest green, small and dinky. He would plonk a canoe on top and go all around the UK in it. It was a very practical and well made no nonsense car. I hated the mark4 with the twin lights. Then came the mark 5 which we have in India even today. I think it is a really amazing car that still does not look out of place. If only, it had a little more rear seat leg room it would have been perfect for us. We sold off our GT TSI recently which has made me very sad. We never got the mark 6 here in India.
The new one looks like it is morphing into a golf! Much like I have hated the BMW 3 series morphing into the 5 series, I don't like this change in the Polo. But another way to look at it is, We never got the phenomenon that is the Golf.....maybe this can be the Golf we never got! Come on VW, bring it on!

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Default Re: 2021 Volkswagen Polo teased; global unveil on April 22

VW needs to meet the Indian market half way here and update the current polo to come somewhat in line with this 2021 polo
I'm guessing the 4m rule might be the reason for this hesitance to upgrade Indian polo
But I belive there is still a market for premium hatchbacks in India and polo can move decent numbers if it is updated
VW group needs to keep it faith in India market, it will surely payoff in long run as market matures
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I don’t know if this picture is relevant to this post or not, but this is sad reality of attitude of Volkswagen towards Indian market.
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People do pay if they feel that the product is worth it. Maruti may not sell a 10 lac+ costing hatchback, Hyundai may sell one, they are selling in fact. VW hatch will have a higher acceptance. Let's not forget that GT TSi was the costliest and first hatchback to breach the 10 lac and even 11 lac barrier - but people bought it.
and I cannot agree more. I paid a full 10L for the GT TSI way back in 2013 a week after it was launched. People thought I was raving mad, paying that kinda money for a hatchback with space issues. But boy, that is some car. Makes me grin every time I get behind the wheel (which is everyday )

I'd gladly pay 14-15L for this new Polo and I hope they'd get it here quick.

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Having been a Polo owner for the last 9 years, I for one, would make a beeline to the VW Dealership to get this in my garage.

Yes, the design hasn't been updated since donkey's years (Indian market) and yes there are cars with features that would automatically disqualify the Polo from their consideration lists. Yes, the rear space is atrocious and the spares are relatively higher priced but having said and lived with these, I still would put 14-15 lacs on this New Polo. Why you ask? Well, ask any VW owner here and it'll probably be the same answer:

- Still feels as tight as the day it came off the showroom floor.
- No rattles, no squeaks, no paint dulling, no part failure etc.
- VW is the benchmark for solid built cars in the segment
- Most importantly- Driving pleasure (anyone who's not experienced a VW car on highways/curvy roads would not get this - the chassis, stability, driver's control etc. is superb)
Absolutely! The car feels as tight as the day I drove it out of the showroom. No rattles, no play, nothing. It handles like a charm too, a no nonsense point and shoot car.

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where I would feel "Polo hoti toh sahi hota". I think all VW owners would have felt this at one point.
The Polo can do anything I tell you. Multiple times, it's waded through flooded roads with water lapping onto the bonnet. It was side-rear ended by a truck once and another time, some highway robbers hurled a rock at the passenger side door...both times the sheet metal had hardly anything to show for it. I've done 70k kms till date and there isn't a single squeak from the car.

I'd read somewhere on TBHP that the Polo was originally designed for college going kids as their 1st car and hence was built to take a lot of abuse. It takes a lot of abuse and some more with aplomb.
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Default Re: 2021 Volkswagen Polo teased; global unveil on April 22

The update comes at a time the Polo struggles to keep the leadership in the B-segment.

It was the 2nd bestselling B-car in Europe in 2019, but last year it fell to the 5th position behind models like Toyota Yaris and Opel Corsa.

It was still VW’s second most popular model in Europe.


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Default Re: 2021 Volkswagen Polo teased; global unveil on April 22

2021 Volkswagen Polo GTI Teases Facelift In Design Sketch, unveil in late June.

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2021 Volkswagen Polo is now open for orders in the UK, with prices starting from 17,885.

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The line-up kicks off with Life (expected to account for 75% of sales) and moves on to 'comfort-focused' Style and performance-inspired R-Line, each from 20,785.
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Prices for the Polo GTI range-topper will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

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